7 Maintenance Tips for Taking Care of an Awning

The positive image of a store front, commercial building, residence, or a recreational vehicle is greatly enhanced by an attractive awning. However, it is important that it be clean, well kept, and looking good.

Here are some excellent tips for cleaning and maintaining your awnings.

1. Realize that the regular and proper servicing and preventive maintenance  will not only aid the appearance of the awnings and preserve them, but it will also extend their life. It will also detect and help stop problems when they can hopefully be corrected before they require major repairs.

2. If your awnings are made of acrylic, that is a cloth-type fabric with the color woven in. Because it is woven, it breathes to allow air to circulate to quickly dry rain and dew. Acrylic is water repellent but not waterproof. To clean, brush off any loose dirt and use cold to lukewarm water, a mild dish soap, and a stiff brush. Allow the solution to first stand for five minutes. Do not scrub, though, as that could remove the water retardant finish. Rinse thoroughly until all the soap is removed, and air dry.

3. On a vinyl awning, use a mixture made up of 1/4 cup bleach, 1/4 cup dish soap, and five gallons of cold to lukewarm water. Allow the mixture to stand for five minutes. Soap the open awning after removing any loose dirt. Roll the awning up and soak for five more minutes while you also use the mixture on the bottom of the awning. Open the awning and hose it all off with water. Repeat if necessary. To remove a grease spot, however, use only soap and water and not mildew removers, household cleaners, or a hard bristle brush.

4. Mildew, a type of fungus, can be a major problem and even a health hazard. It grows under specific conditions of water, warm temperatures. poor air circulation, and organic matter. Clean the awning with a gentle brush and a mild soap and allow to air dry completely and do not apply heat.

5. Your awning should be protected from the sun and ultraviolet light. Bring in your awning when you are not using it, if possible, or try to keep it in a shaded area. The more the awning spends unfurled, the more chance there is for damage and weakening of the material.

6. If you’re expecting heavy or prolonged rain or wind, or if you will be leaving the awning unattended, make sure it is thoroughly dry, and roll it up.

7. The best way to keep the awnings in good condition and to delay needing vigorous cleanings is to hose them off on a monthly basis using clean water.